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BDN Maine Outdoors, Summer 2012

on May 30, 2012, at 9:24 a.m.
Summer’s here and it’s time to get outdoors. Let our BDN staffers give you advice, assistance and inspiration for having a healthy, safe, and sun filled summer outdoors in Maine. Also included is the SAM Newsletter.

New SAM Saltwater Committee formed

By Barry Gibson, SAM on May 29, 2012, at 3:32 p.m.
I am very pleased to report that Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Executive Director David Trahan has decided to create a Saltwater Fishing Committee to address a number of issues facing our state’s coastal anglers. He has asked me to head up the committee, and I am honored to do so. …

SAM reports from the field

By George Smith, SAM on May 29, 2012, at 2:59 p.m.
New DIF&W Fisheries Groups Three new fisheries groups have been chosen to provide Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock and his staff with advice — another signal that Woodcock is making fisheries a strong focus of his tenure. Each group consists of activists who have had …

Maine’s newest deer hunter

By Gerry Lavigne, wildlife biologist, SAM on May 29, 2012, at 2:58 p.m.
The arrival of the eastern coyote in the Northeastern United States and Maritime Canada has had a profound impact on the wildlife ecology of the region. For 30 years (1975-2005), I served as the deer management and research biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. During that …

SAM Legislative Report

By Sportsman's Alliance of Maine on May 29, 2012, at 2:57 p.m.
Successful SAM Legislative Agenda Two very important SAM bills were unanimously passed by the Maine Legislature. LD 1747, “An Act to Prohibit Municipalities from Imposing Fees on Ice-Fishing Shacks,” sponsored by Rep. Mike Shaw, D-Standish, passed without opposition and was signed by the governor. This ill-conceived bill had the potential …

SAM Executive Director’s Report

By David Trahan, SAM Executive Director on May 29, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.
Good things are happening at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. In less than six months our membership has increased by more than 1,000 people, and the good will we have earned with our new emphasis on youth and family has earned us a new look from many sportsmen and outdoor …

SAM president named to Land for Maine’s Future Board

By George Smith, SAM on May 29, 2012, at 2:55 p.m.
SAM President Jim Gorman Jr. was among three of Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees to the Land for Maine’s Future Board of Directors. The other nominees were former legislator Don Marean, and Bill Vail, former commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. The legislature unanimously endorsed all three nominees. …

Baxter abound with activities for children, families

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 29, 2012, at 2:50 p.m.
Reaching the summit of majestic Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, is a great accomplishment, but many people would rather enjoy the wilderness closer to sea level, especially if they have small children in tow. Baxter State Park staff help families enjoy water and woods within the park through programs and …

Camping with kids? Play with your food!

By John Holyoke on May 29, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.
A few years ago, as a family camping trip loomed, my (now) wife and I began to panic. We figured her three young kids would have fun most of the time. We also figured that at other times, one or two might end up bleeding, or arguing, or creating a …

Bear hunting a key component in management plan

By John Holyoke on May 29, 2012, at 2:45 p.m.
Randy Cross has spent much of his working life around bears. He has hauled them — tranquilized, if they’re big enough — out of their dens. He has fitted them with radio collars, tattooed identifying numbers on their inner lips, and tucked them back in their cozy winter quarters. Still, …

In search of wild trout: The Baxter experience

By John Holyoke on May 29, 2012, at 2:39 p.m.
Jeff Reardon won’t tell you exactly where he goes to catch trout in Baxter State Park — anglers are famously secretive about their favorite spots — but the man who serves as the director of Trout Unlimited’s Maine Brook Trout Project will let you in on a fact that’s never …

Fit to float: Getting your kid into the right life jacket is simple

By John Holyoke on May 29, 2012, at 2:34 p.m.
Not too long ago — within many of our lifetimes — many folks geared up for boat rides by hauling out lifejackets with two distinctive features: They were bright orange. And they were uncomfortable. Nowadays, a modern lifejacket — personal flotation device, or PFD is the en vogue term — …

Five prime moose-viewing areas in Maine

on May 29, 2012, at 2:32 p.m.
Although moose live almost everywhere in Maine, five particular regions represent prime moose-encounter country: • The Rangeley Lakes. A moose could appear anywhere in this region. Take the Dallas Hill Road to Saddleback Ski Area, Route 16 toward Stratton, or the South Shore Road to Rangeley Lake State Park, or …

Defining the iconic Maine moose

By Greg Westrich, Contributing Writer on May 29, 2012, at 2:31 p.m.
I’ve seen moose in odd places. High on Sunday River Whitecap a bull moose looked down at me from bog boards across a granite bulge among stunted spruce. Viewed from Mt. Katahdin’s Knife Edge, a cow moose stood in a shallow pond, high on the mountain’s shoulder, surrounded by miles …

Kids-only fishing opportunities abound

on May 29, 2012, at 2:28 p.m.
Unless otherwise stated, the following waters are only open to fishing by those under the age of 16: Androscoggin County Pettingill Park Pond, Auburn Aroostook County Aroostook River: From the Caribou Dam, in Caribou, downstream to and including Otter Brook, including all tributaries in this section upstream to the first …

Introducing children to the joys of fishing

By Sheila Grant, Contributing Writer on May 29, 2012, at 2:26 p.m.
Teaching a child to fish and teaching a child to love fishing are not always the same thing. Young anglers must learn to bait a hook, cast, successfully hook a fish, and bring it to shore. But to really love fishing, a child first has to learn to love the …
Lt. Kevin Adam

Warden Service offers tips for staying safe when lost in the Maine woods

By Brian Swartz, Advertising Staff Editor on May 29, 2012, at 2:22 p.m.
The next time you decide to get lost in the Maine woods, let someone know where you plan to do so. That way, searchers will have a good PLS — Place Last Seen — when they start looking for you. “We average 485 searches a year” said Lt. Kevin Adam, …
Three generations of the Humphrey family, tied by matriarch Maryella Rawnsley, 74, are bound by family traditions of hunting and fishing together.

Three generations of Maine outdoor enthusiasts

on May 29, 2012, at 2:20 p.m.
Maryella Rawnsley, 74, is not your typical grandmother. She loves to bird hunt, fly fish, bass fish, and fish for trout on and around Moxie Lake. Rawnsley is not only an avid outdoorswoman, she is the matriarch who holds the sprawling Humphrey family traditions of hunting and fishing together. When …

Cruise to offshore lighthouses this summer

By Brian Swartz, Advertising Staff Editor on May 29, 2012, at 2:16 p.m.
Connect with Maine’s maritime history by visiting an offshore lighthouse this summer. And leave the driving — or rather, “skippering” — to an experienced tour boat crew. Like eider ducks swimming along a rock-bound shore, lighthouses often “cluster” along the Maine coast, particularly near ports. For example, six lighthouses once …

Some important laws to be aware of while ATVing in Maine:

on May 29, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.
A person under age 10 may not operate an ATV. Those older than 10 but younger than 16 may not operate an ATV on a public trail unless they have successfully completed a training course approved by the state. After completion of the course, those riders must still be accompanied …